It is blowing up on the news sites... "a press conference late Monday afternoon."
Was Hollywood arsonist angry after relative was denied entry to U.S.?
Police probe immigration link to German arrested after fourth night of fires Police believe it is man on CCTV footage
By Mark Duell and Lydia Warren - Last updated at 7:09 PM on 2nd January 2012
The 'person of interest' arrested in connection with more than 50 fires in LA is a German who has been battling with federal immigration officials.
Sources say they do not know if the dispute is linked to the fires but confirmed he was fighting the government over the immigration status of a relative.
The Los Angeles Police Department is in communication with federal immigration officials concerning the dispute, law enforcement sources said.
The man was arrested after detectives found materials that could have been used to start fires inside his minivan which were confiscated and sent to the crime lab, according to the LA Times.
The security camera video distributed by police at a news conference showed a white male in his late twenties to early thirties, dressed in black, with receding hair held in a ponytail.
Arrested: Police say its too early to speculate whether nor not the man they arrested is the arsonist they have been looking for
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L.A. arsons may have Canadian connection
QMI Agency- First posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 12:17 PM MST | Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012 12:28 PM MST
Police cannot confirm media reports that point to a Canadian connection in a string of arsons in Los Angeles
A person of interest was being questioned about as many as 55 arsons
, most started in cars, in a spree that began on Thursday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Monday.
California media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and City News Service, cite witnesses who say the man's minivan, where police reportedly found materials that could be used to set fires, had a Canadian licence plate
Reached for comment, a police spokeswoman said she'd heard "many rumours like that" but could not confirm anything at the moment. She said cops would address the issue at a press conference late Monday afternoon.
City News Service said the licence plate was from British Columbia
. The Times reported that despite the Canadian plates, the person of interest is from Germany.
Since the attacks began, there have been a total of 55 "fires of concern," including 45 in the Los Angeles area, nine in West Hollywood and one in Burbank, the fire department said on its website.
One of the fires damaged a house in the Hollywood Hills, where The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was inspired to write the 1968 song "Love Street" about his girlfriend Pam Courson.
Fire chiefs declined to say how the blazes were started.
-- With files from Reuters- http://www.calgarysu...dian-connection
Edited by Defiance, 02 January 2012 - 08:19 PM.